MARIETTA, Ohio - The No. 7 Salisbury University baseball team is one win away from reaching the Division III College World Series and will have two chances, if necessary, to pick up the victory needed against No. 20 Case Western Reserve University. Salisbury will face the Spartans at 9:30 a.m., tomorrow at Don Schaly Stadium.
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Against Case Western
Salisbury (36-7) defeated the Spartans on Saturday, 6-2. The Sea Gulls would use the long ball to gain the upper hand, with junior Jordan Gowe and senior Quinn Griffith each hitting two-run homers. Junior Dan Fein would make the lead stand up and classmate Kyle Hamby shut the door to earn the save.
How we got here
The Sea Gulls are the only unbeaten team remaining in the regional after a 5-2 win over Widener University on Sunday. Junior Kyle Hayman had four of the 10 Sea Gull hits in the contest. Freshman Pete Grasso started for Head Coach Doug Fleetwood and sophomore Connor Shockley went the final 5 2/3 innings. Each pitcher allowed one run, Grasso on two hits and Shockley gave up four.
How they got here
Case Western Reserve (34-11) played, and won, two elimination games on Sunday to survive. The Spartans defeated Thomas More College 18-3 in the afternoon to advance to face Widener in the evening, with the winner advancing to Championship Monday. Aaron Cain and Noah Sherman each had four RBIs in the contest.
Case Western Reserve would battle back from a 2-0 deficit with runs in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings. Neither the Spartans nor Widener would put a run on the board in innings nine through 12, with Case Western Reserve plating a run in the bottom of the 13th for the win. The win was the 34th of the season for the Spartans, setting a new school mark. Cain had two RBIs, including the game winner, for Case Western Reserve to advance past Widener.
It pays to have won
By winning, the Sea Gulls have had to play only a single game each day of the tournament and Fleetwood has his top two starters, juniors Brett Collacchi and Fein, well rested and ready for Championship Monday. With the performance turned in by Grasso and Shockley on Sunday, the each member of the bullpen is rested as well.
Salisbury needs a single victory and Case Western Reserve would need to take two to advance to the College World Series. If the Sea Gulls were to advance, it would be the program's fourth trip to the College World Series and first since 2011. Case Western Reserve is looking to make its first College World Series appearance.